Schluter strips, a long staple of the commercial floor covering world, are making their way into contemporary residential tile installations.  I am elated!  These little pieces of German engineering are a great accent to floors and walls, in both functional and decorative tile applications.  I used them a few years ago in a custom tile design and couldn’t have been happier with the final result. Alongside all of the mosaic stripes, as well as along each vertical 90 degree angle, we have a small aluminum Schluter strip, in profiles “Deco” along the mosaic stripes and “Jolly” as an edge finishing profile.

While they add complexity to the installation, this was not a simple design from the start. These little strips of metallic glory are the perfect accent to create a very unique contemporary tile project.

You can find more info at www.schluter.com.

While the small mosaic tiles shown here are glass, this design would be fabulous with laNeva’s 1×1′s or 1×2′s. Order them mesh mounted and have your installer cut into 1″ wide strips.  It’s easier than installing them one by one!

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3 Responses to “How I love thee, Schluter Strips!”

  1. Jerry September 16, 2010 at 8:03 am #

    funny, i’m planning on the exact same idea for my bathroom rehab! check out my blog..
    Jerry

  2. robin March 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    I want to install schluter strips around my existing shower tile. Do I have to remove some of the tile to install the strips? Thank you so much. Robin Fried

  3. Lisa March 15, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Robin,
    Most of the Schluter profiles need to be installed at the same time as the tile. There are at least one or two pieces that can be used as a retrofit after tile installation. Check out the Schluter site for more info. http://www.schluter.com/139.aspx. Thanks!